Comfort Women Wanted
The DOT Urban Art Program presented artist Chang-Jin Lee's work "Comfort Women Wanted" on one of the DOT Urban Art Program's art display structures in a temporary plaza located at 14th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan for one month starting on May 6, 2013. Based on the artist's interaction with comfort women survivors and a former Japanese solider from WWII, "Comfort Women Wanted" sheds light on one of the largest cases of female trafficking in the 20th century.
During WWII, young women from Asia and the Netherlands were kidnapped, imprisoned and forced to cater to the needs of the Japanese Imperial Army. By some estimates, only 30% of these women survived the "comfort stations." For the project "Comfort Women Wanted," ad-like posters depict black & white portraits of Asian comfort women survivors. The title and text reference Asian newspapers' comfort women advertisements that were circulated during the war. The project promotes awareness of the comfort women, some of whom are still alive today, and examines a history that has been largely forgotten.
To further explore the complexities of this project, visit Lee's one day screening at Hauser & Wirth Gallery on May 29th.
NYCDOT Urban Art Program, Art Display Structure
Comfort Women Wanted by Chang-Jin Lee
14th Street and 9th Avenue, Manhattan